TITLE 16†††††††††††††† OCCUPATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSING

CHAPTER 27†††††† COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

PART 4†††††††††††††††† REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL MENTAL

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HEALTH COUNSELOR (LPCC)

 

16.27.4.1†††††††††††††† ISSUING AGENCY:Regulation and Licensing Department Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

[16.27.4.1 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.1, 6-15-01]

 

16.27.4.2†††††††††††††† SCOPE:All individuals applying for licensure as professional clinical mental health counselors.

[16.27.4.2 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.2, 6-15-01]

 

16.27.4.3†††††††††††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY:These parts are promulgated pursuant to the Counselor and Therapist Practice Act, Section 61-9A-1, 3, 5, 11 and 15, NMSA 1978.

[16.27.4.3 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.3, 6-15-01]

 

16.27.4.4†††††††††††††† DURATION:Permanent

[16.27.4.4 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.4, 6-15-01

 

16.27.4.5†††††††††††††† EFFECTIVE DATE:June 15, 2001, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[16.27.4.5 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.5, 6-15-01]

 

16.27.4.6†††††††††††††† OBJECTIVE:The objective of Part 4 is to state the minimum requirements for licensure as a professional clinical mental health counselor and to list the documentation required for application.

[16.27.4.6 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.2, 6-15-01]

 

16.27.4.7†††††††††††††† DEFINITIONS:[Reserved]

 

16.27.4.8†††††††††††††† APPROPRIATE SUPERVISION:

††††††††††††††† A.††††††††††† Supervision must be provided by a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor (LPCC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed professional art therapist (LPAT), licensed psychologist, licensed psychiatrist, or licensed independent social worker (LISW). Appropriate supervisors must have education and experience in clinical mental health counseling;

††††††††††††††† B.††††††††††† It is the responsibility of the individual seeking supervision to ensure that the supervision is acceptable for the level of licensure that will be requested at the completion of the required supervision.The relationship between the supervisor and the applicant must promote the development of skill and responsibility in the delivery of counseling or therapy services.

††††††††††††††† C.††††††††††† Client contact and supervision hours prior to being licensed will not be acceptable for licensure.

[16.27.4.8 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.1.7.5, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06]

 

16.27.4.9†††††††††††††† APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE:AS A PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR (LPCC) MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS AND PROVIDE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WITH THE APPLICATION:

††††††††††††††† A.††††††††††† Age requirement.Be at least 21 years of age.

††††††††††††††† B.††††††††††† Applicant must sign a statement provided in the application indicating the applicant has read the code of ethics and agrees to be bound and governed by the code of ethics.

††††††††††††††† C.††††††††††† Education requirement.Hold a master's or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field from an accredited institution.Applicants who hold a degree in a related-field must complete attachment E, provide syllabus and actual catalog course descriptions.

††††††††††††††† D.††††††††††† Applicants must have a masters or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field and a total of no less then forty-eight (48) graduate semester hours or seventy-two (72) quarter graduate hours in the mental health clinical core curriculum as defined in 16.27.2 NMAC.The hours must be acquired as a part of a masterís or doctoral degree, or acquired as additional graduate education to complete the required 48 clinical core curriculum hours.

††††††††††††††† E.†††††††††††† Experience requirements.

††††††††††††††††††† (1)†††† A minimum of two years' postgraduate professional clinical counseling experience.

††††††††††††††††††† (2)†††† Evidence of having participated in a total of three thousand (3,000) hours of postgraduate clinical client contact and 100 hours of appropriate face to face postgraduate supervision.One thousand (1,000) clinical client contact hours may be from the applicant's internship or practicum.

††††††††††††††† F.†††††††††††† Application fee of $75.00.

[16.27.4.9 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.8, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06; A, 11-19-07]

 

16.27.4.10†††††††††††† EXAMINATION:Applicants must demonstrate professional competency by passing the national counselor examination (NCE) and the national clinical mental health counseling examination (NCMHCE).

[16.27.4.10 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.4.9, 6-15-01; A, 2-10-06]

 

16.27.4.11†††††††††††† DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE:

††††††††††††††† A.††††††††††† A completed application as specified in 16.27.3.8 NMAC.

††††††††††††††† B.††††††††††† Proof of education and experience requirements:

†††† †††††††††††††††(1)††† The applicant is required to submit an official transcript in a sealed envelope from each institution contributing to the applicant's master or doctoral degree, a total of no less than forty-eight (48) graduate semester hours or seventy-two (72) quarter graduate hours which includes the required 48 clinical core curriculum.

††††††††††††††††††† (2)†††† A statement from each supervisor in a sealed envelope on a form provided by the board (attachment B) verifying the applicant's supervised experience and setting forth the nature and extent of such supervision must be submitted with the application.The statement shall verify that the applicant's performance was in accordance with adequate counseling and therapy standards of practice.If a supervisor's statement is not available, the applicant may submit documentation explaining why the supervisor's statement is not available and sworn affidavits from other individuals verifying that supervision took place and describing the nature and the extent of the supervision.

††††††††††††††††††† (3)†††† Documentation of 3,000 hours of postgraduate clinical client contact and 100 hours of appropriate face to face postgraduate supervision.

††††††††††††††††††† (4)†††† Attachment E, listing only specific graduate coursework.A course syllabus and actual course catalogue descriptions for all courses must be included (applies only to applicants who hold a counseling related-field degree).

††††††††††††††††††† (5)†††† Documentation of the applicant's licensure, registration or certification status must be submitted on attachment form A which must be sent directly to the board by the jurisdiction in which the applicant is licensed, certified or registered.

[16.27.4.11 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.4.11, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06]

 

16.27.4.12†††††††††††† LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY:

††††††††††††††† A.††††††††††† A completed application as specified in 16.27.3.8 NMAC.

††††††††††††††† B.††††††††††† Verification (attachment A) that the applicant holds and has held a current license for five years issued by the appropriate examining board under the law of any other state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or any foreign nation.

††††††††††††††† C.††††††††††† Verification that the applicant is in good standing with no disciplinary action pending or brought against the applicant within the past five years.

††††††††††††††† D.††††††††††† Holds masters or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field from an accredited institution.

††††††††††††††† E.†††††††††††† Application fee of $75.00.

††††††††††††††† F.†††††††††††† Applicants who do not meet the licensure by reciprocity must meet the current licensure requirements.

[16.27.4.12 NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 16.27.9, 8 & 9, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06; A, 1-15-07]

 

HISTORY OF 16.27.4 NMAC:

Pre-NMAC History:The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with the State Records Center and Archives under:

Rule 4, Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 3-24-94

Rule 4, Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 3-20-95

 

HISTORY OF REPEALED MATERIAL:

16 NMAC 27.4, Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor - Repealed 6-15-01